Celebrating the Love in Your Life

Seeing life through the eyes of a child is one of the most rewarding and refreshing experiences. As adults, we rush through life from one “chore” to the next, while children take great pride and joy in exploring every little “mystery” that their day presents. Their innocence and curiosity provide us with hope and enable us to re-discover the world through their lens.

While Valentine’s Day may have morphed in to a holiday smothered by chocolates and flowers, the day should have reminded us to take time to appreciate the little things and celebrate life with loves ones.

“All You Need is Love,” which took place on Monday, Feb. 13, encouraged families and friends from in and around Boston to celebrate the love in their lives. Ellie Cooper Events, a free-lance event planning company specializing in private and corporate functions, organized this Valentine’s event, which was hosted at Jacadi, a baby and child boutique located at 310 Boylston St.

More than a dozen moms and grandmas came with their little munchkins to mingle and shop through the spring collection with a 10-percent-off event discount. Moms enjoyed coffee and cookies, courtesy of Boston Common Coffee Company, located on Washington Street. Some children got creative with arts and crafts, and used stickers, stamps and crayons to make their own valentines, while others sang and danced to live music performed by local musician, Kelly Rice.

Event Assistant, Mari Watson, who is a junior communication disorders Major at Emerson College, worked closely with the babies and toddlers to ensure that they were enjoying their time at the event. Watson also signed during some of the songs in order to introduce the moms, grandmas and children to new and effective ways to bridge the communication gap that can sometimes frustrate toddlers, as they can understand but not yet fully verbalize.

“It was a spectacular event in a spectacular city,” said Mom, Kate Croft of Watertown. Croft invited her own mother to the occasion. “The event was wonderful, and provided a unique opportunity to celebrate our love for our little ones in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. It was a lovely afternoon for our three generations to enjoy together!”

All guests were asked to bring a new or gently used item, which was be donated to Room to Grow, an organization Jacadi partners with to provide clothing to families and children in need.

The event cost was $10 per adult and $5 per child, and was advertised through popular “mommy markets” as the North End Waterfront Mother’s Association (NEWMA) and Garden Moms, as well as on an up and coming Boston-based mommy blog called Boston Babies (www.bostonbabies.org).

Launched in the summer of 2011, Boston Babies serves as a “one-stop-shop” for families. This resource provides information and helps build community for people hoping to raise children in the city. Boston Babies is “Your Guide to an Urban Upbringing,” and features best practices, where to shop and what to buy, activities and enrichment classes taking place in and around the city and other “hot topics” that face families.

“Boston Babies works hard to help bring together families who choose to live in the city,” said Mom, Marybeth Nelson of Beacon Hill. “I used to hear people say how isolating new motherhood can be, but I have had the complete opposite experience. This blog adds to the choices available for city living with children, keeping it engaging, dynamic and fun.”

Boston Babies will be teaming with Ellie Cooper Events to plan its Second Annual brunch at the Four Seasons Hotel. “Make Way for Ducklings,” will take place on Sunday, April 1, and encourage friends and families, in and around Boston, to mingle, while their little ones enjoy live music. Details regarding this program will be coming soon and can be found on www.bostonbabies.org. For further information or to R.S.V.P. today, email [email protected].

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